As of today, Wednesday, June 9, the oil spewing from the Deepwater Horizon well could have powered 38,000 cars, 3,400 trucks and 1,800 ships for a full year, according to University of Delaware professor James J. Corbett.
Corbett, a marine policy professor, has a Web site that calculates the spilled oil's lost potential on a daily basis. He uses an estimate of 19,000 barrels a day, the most recent government guess. He says he created the site to put the spill in perspective that petroleum users can easily understand.
Meanwhile, Science Magazine estimates $1 million in oil is being spilled each day.
And that's saying nothing of the lingering economic effects.
So explain to me why Obama doesn't seem to be taking any action except to criticize BP and previous administrations.
(He was recently quoted as saying that he's looking for some "ass to kick"
The problem is here, and if the government is 'in the leadership position' -- what are they doing about it?
I'm not saying that BP isn't responsible, or that more regulation MIGHT be required. I'm saying that the White House should be doing something besides pointing fingers.
Well, I guess they don't have any bestselling items :P
Just like a lot of people right now, I like to see anger from this tragedy presented in the media. Popular Science has been a great source for some of the more technical data that show us just how scary this situation really is.
But with all of the implications of an oil spill like this, can we really be worried about the energy opportunity that we're just flushing down the drain? How about the fact that the amount of oil in the Gulf has the potential to kill everything in the area for years and years, but couldn't power the whole US for a day? How about the fact that the US Bureau of Transit Statistics says there are over 250 million passenger cars on the road in the US, and the oil from this spill that we can't even wrap our heads around could power 0.01% of them for a year?
I want to see some of this anger directed toward the energy greedy culture that makes the risk of a spill like this more than worth it.
ford2go, stop listening to the media and go get a mop and bucket.
I think it's more depressing that it can only power that many vehicles, If it takes that much fuel to power those vehicles we should definitely be looking for alternative resources. I mean consider how many vehicles in total there are in the world, it's sad to say that this is just one slice of this greasy cake.
I agree with the last comment. Another reason to use and intensively look for alternative resources. But people always have more important things to do, until one day it will be too late.
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